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NTT DoCoMo reveals smartphone, tablet releases for coming months

updated 05:21 am EDT, Wed May 15, 2013

List includes nine smartphones, one tablet, one Raku-Raku device

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has revealed the lineup of mobile devices that it will start offering over the summer. Eleven models make the cut, including nine smartphones, one tablet, and one "Raku-Raku" simplified smartphone. Notable additions include a new Sony Xperia smartphone, the Aquos Phone Zeta, and the Aquos Pad tablet from Sharp.

The Sony Xperia A, set for a release on May 17th, uses a 1280x720-resolution 4.6-inch LCD screen and rear 13-megapixel camera. Powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro running at 1.5GHz, the Xperia A includes NFC, Wi-Fi, waterproofing and dustproofing, and a 2,300mAh battery, reports Engadget.

Beleaguered manufacturer Sharp in fact has three devices on the list. The Aquos Phone Zeta, due May 24th, and the Aquos Phone si, due in late July, both run on Android 4.2, and have 4.8-inch 1080p IGZO and 4.3-inch 720p displays respectively. Both offer a 13.1-megapixel camera and the same quad-core 1.7GHz processor, but the Aquos Phone Zeta is bundled with a 2,600mAh battery while the Aquos Phone si uses a 2,100mAh version.

The only tablet o the list, the Sharp Aquos Pad has a 7-inch
IGZO display with a resolution of 1200x1920. Running on Android 4.2, it also houses a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, but has a much larger 4,200mAh battery and a lower-resolution 8.1-megapixel camera.

The remaining devices include the Arctic Blue edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the LG Optimus it, the NEC Medias X, the Eluga P from Panasonic, and the Arrows NX and Disney Mobile F-07E made by Fujitsu. All devices, including the updated Raku-Raku Smartphone 2 from Fujitsu, include Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, with rear camera resolutions ranging between 8.1 megapixels and 16.3 megapixels, and battery capacities starting from 2,100mAh. A large proportion include waterproof and dustproof certifications, as well as the ability to receive television broadcasts with their built-in digital TV tuners.

Most are due for release in June, though some will be out in late July, and in the case of the Raku-Raku, August.

by MacNN Staff



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